Outreach Specialist - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI, increases access, communication, and equity for learners who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. We do this by connecting resources and providing training for professionals and fostering relationships to equip communities to support families and learners where they are, with what they need, when they need it, to learn, grow, and live their best lives. The Center is responsible for developing relevant and effective products, delivering training, and providing technical assistance to support local education agencies (LEAs), their leadership, building, and teacher based teams across Ohio. Though located centrally, their charge is to build the capacity of LEAs across Ohio to serve learners with sensory differences. We are currently seeking to hire an Outreach Specialist with particular expertise in working with learners who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Extensive experience serving students with a range of hearing status, language use, and communication modes.
- Knowledge of and experience with cross agency collaboration and educational environments.
- Well-versed across the spectrum of school settings, facilitating communication among school personnel, families, and other providers with an emphasis on access, equity, inclusivity, and educating the whole child.
- Professional development or training experience including production and creatively delivering content in virtual environments through a variety of modalities.
- Demonstrated ability to translate complex D/HH research concepts into practical strategies and share those in meaningful ways with a variety of audiences.
- Knowledge of and experience with assessing learners who are deaf or hard of hearing; telepractice experience is a plus.
- Expertise/experience in improving literacy skills for students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Experience with consultation and coaching educators to implement evidence-based strategies for students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Innovative thinker, strong initiative, driven to complete projects, and ability to leverage resources while maintaining focus on the organization’s mission.
- Communicates professionally and effectively using a variety of modes (including sign language), with internal teams and external partners and/or customers.
- Experience and proficiency with technology applications (including but not limited to: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and online environments such as Zoom, Teams, Google Meet. Experience with Google Suite and project management software such as Teamwork, a plus?.
- Ability to effectively and efficiently host virtual meetings and conduct virtual trainings to ensure goals and objectives are met.
- Ability to independently travel within the state for meetings, consultation, and professional development when needed and as appropriate given current public health guidelines.
- Self-directed professional, with strong analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills.
- Team player who values the success of the overall group.
- Master’s degree in disability or leadership field.
- Ohio licensure in deafness/hearing impairment.
- Knowledge of and experience with assistive technologies (AT) preferred.
- Experience with accessible educational materials (AEM) preferred, as appropriate given background.
Responsiblities and Essential Functions:
- Leverage expertise in deafness in collaboration with the center team and the teams from OCALI to establish and implement priorities for high tech and high touch support to regional structures (SST, ESC, etc.) and LEAs.
- Creating resources and workflows that may not have an established history including the ability to scope, plan, manage, and assess projects across a full life cycle.
- Links existing research to professional development projects ensuring that promising practices and evidence-based strategies are implemented.
- Works collaboratively with internal and external partners to build local and regional capacity to serve individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, based in principles of access, equity, inclusivity, and educating the whole child.
- Identifies, leverages, and develops partnerships for implementation with fidelity of evidence-based practices for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Engages with a team in development of effective training, both online and face-to-face, for professionals working with children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Works with internal and external partners on meaningful and effective product development to build capacity.
- Provides consultation, technical assistance, and coaching to regional structures (SSTs, ESC, etc.) and LEAs as they work to build capacity to meet the needs of students who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Demonstrates accuracy, responsiveness, and excellent communication when fielding center phone calls, participating in meetings and trainings, and responding to emails and other written correspondence with internal and external customers.
- Responds to technical assistance requests as appropriate.
- Works as part of the center team to enact the vision and mission of OCALI.
- Completes other duties as assigned by OCALI directors and the center director, which may include supporting district technical assistance initiatives, grant writing, meeting attendance, developing reports, analyzing data, etc.
Commensurate with experience and in accordance with specified salary schedule
Directly supervised by the Program Director of the Outreach Center, but ultimately accountable to OCALI Leadership Team.
Please complete the employment application through the www.escco.org.
Job ID 14028